September: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Statistics show prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. But, it is also highly preventable and about 99% curable if caught in time.

There are two main groups at higher risk for getting prostate cancer. Men who have a family history of prostate cancer are more at risk of getting it. And African American men are also at higher risk.

“African Americans are the most likely to get prostate cancer in the whole world,” said CEO of Regional Urology Dr. Jonathan Henderson. “And they’re more likely to get an aggressive prostate cancer than anybody else. And they’re more likely to die of prostate cancer than anybody else.”

Henderson said it is recommended that these two high-risk groups – those with family history of prostate cancer and African American men – begin screening at age 40. For all other men, screening should begin at age 50.

Show your support by taking a simple challenge to eat 30 healthy foods in 30 days! 1 in 9 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetimes. If you are African American, that number increases by 76%.

We know that 30% of cancer is preventable with lifestyle factors. Eating healthy and exercising can prevent any number of chronic diseases, and in some cases, like diabetes, it can even help reverse some of the most dangerous effects. Whether you or someone you love had been affected by prostate cancer – or if you just want to learn the principles of a healthy lifestyle – Click here and join the challenge this September.